A Tale of Discovery is ArtAnt’s fifth pop-up art exhibition.
In our earlier exhibitions, we showed masters such as Aung Khaing, Maung Theid Dhi, Tin Maung Oo; and the more established younger artists such as Mor Mor, Pann Kyi, and Saw Lin Aung.
We took a slightly different approach for A Tale of Discovery. We wanted our visitors to not know what to expect when they come to our exhibition, and join us on a journey of discovery. With that in mind, we reached out to artists who have not exhibited extensively. We also set ourselves the target of showing artwork that cost USD500 and below, in an attempt to run ArtAnt’s version of an affordable art fair.
We opened the exhibition with about 140 pieces of paintings by over 20 artists. The prices of the artwork range from USD30 to USD500. Six pieces of artwork are priced above our target of USD500. They cost USD700 but they are very large pieces – 1.9m by 1.5m and above.
We feature a very talented young artist from Mandalay, Kyaw Thu Winn. He has an interesting eye and the composition of his paintings is refreshing. His series of mainly black and white acrylic paintings of pagodas and monasteries in Myanmar have a watercolour feel to them, which is not surprising since he is also a very good watercolourist. He is an artist to look out for, in our opinion.
Another young artist, Kyu Kyu Swe, showcases her Reflection series, inspired by a pond in her neighbour’s garden. Her paintings are contemplative, serene and even have a touch of seduction.
Cho Wai Htun shows 14 pieces of her enchanting Myanmar landscapes, ranging from the picturesque mountains in Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin to the Ayeyarwaddy River in Nyaung U.
Zaw Zaw Co probably needs no introduction. To accommodate our price target, Zaw Zaw Co is exhibiting the smaller paintings (61cm by 76cm) in his Beyond the Living series, which highlights the working class in Myanmar.
Cubism artist Nay Tun shows a series of colourful, fun watercolours that are traditional yet modern. Our customer said Nay Tun’s paintings are perfect for decorating a baby nursery.
Our abstract wall, featuring artist Aung Kyaw Min, was the subject of countless conversations. Our visitors enjoyed the process of appreciating the paintings and adding their own context to the artwork.
One of our Myanmar visitors was astounded by the range of art on display and said he has never seen anything like that before in Myanmar. That, to us, is one of the most satisfying aspects of running a pop-up in a popular mall. We have access to a wide range of visitors, many of whom have not enjoyed the gallery experience in Myanmar.
A Tale of Discovery is ongoing at our Junction City pop-up (Level 3 Unit 03-020) till 31 January 2018. Join us on a journey of discovery!